Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Desert Dwellers Its Not Just About Coachella

My favorite Desert Dwelling moments with my family

Sometimes it’s not just a Coachella Music Festival that brings people to a desert dwelling, sometimes its family. My grandmother is the young age of 87 (shown below) she lives in Indio just 5 mins from the Coachella venue, this makes for some interesting people watching around this time of year for her and the locals. For us this is a great time of year (season as it’s called), we try to relax, do some shopping, eat what we want, you know chill out. I thought I would share some pictures from our weekend with everyone.

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 We pretty much dwell in the comfort of the Viceroy Palm Springs on our desert visits. 

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Long pool days. Thankfully sock monkey is here

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Thanks for blocking the sun Mr. W

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Ranchers Hat Nordstrom on Sale now!

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 The Citrons food is amazing! I especially love the lemonade, as it is made to order fresh-fresh.
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RELAX! Forever 21 boots

Target crop top/Vintage Scarf my grandmas/Quay Glasses

One of my favorite shopping destinations is the Galleria on N.Palm Canyon Dr. 

and the Corridor is a very special little oasis on N. Palm Canyon.  Just Fabulous is a must Visit books and gift shop. I could sit and peruse all day. The Don Quixote metal art sculpture is fantastic (our dog is Don Quixote).
Hi I'm Quixote. What's your name cutie?
  After a long hot day some of the party goers just crash out at the hotel while the rest of us have a small bite in the Citron at the Viceroy. Oh living the life of a desert dweller is great.

I hope you've enjoy a glimpse into our family desert dwellers adventure, till our next adventure when we meet again.

Happy Hunting


Friday, April 18, 2014

Dating Your Spouse How to Day to Date Outfit

Mr. W and I try to squeeze in a date night here and there, but it usually boils down to a last minute lucky sleepover at grandma’s house. My day is usually packed up to bedtime. Yes I love and live to plan, organize and do. Hey I had great women in my life that engrained the work gene into me.

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 So I had to decide how to change from my day time look to evening event in a split second. The simplest thing I could come up with, my nude suede boots. A sexy heel boot or a heel is always a winner for date night. I try to pretend we’re in the honeymoon stage of the relationship. Actually that is the state of mind I try to capture daily, you just never know when it might be your last day. This may sound a little dark to some of you, but for me it’s as Audrey Hepburn says in Paris When It Sizzles “Every morning when I wake up and I see it’s a whole new other day I just go absolutely ape!”

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Pastel Jacket spring Anthropologie
Similar Pearl necklace/ Target Oxfords  similar 
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Spring pastel fashion trends

 So the majority of my outfit is not new, however I've put together a similar outfit, with new items available to you. I especially love the Kristin Cavallari boots at Nordstrom and the pastel floral jacket from ASOS. The Floral Jacket reminds me of the Spring 2014 Ruffian Collection.

Kristin Cavallari boot similar/Similar Pastel jacket/ J Crew Tee/ Nude Skirt ASOS similar

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Oh yes don't forget my Physicians Formula Giveaway Enter to win at the end of the post link.

Well we are going to sit back and have a bit of Moet Champagne and enjoy our date night.

Till Next Time


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feeling Girly OOTD and Giveaway

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There were a few products included in our gift bag from the Lucky FABB event in April I was truly thrilled to try out. Physicians Formula New Nude Wear Bronzer and Nude Wear Touch of Glow. I will be giving away the New Nude Wear Bronzer to one lucky read so be sure to sign up.

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The color payoff is definitely on the light side, hence the name Nude Wear. I know you're not suppose to wear makeup when you workout but I need a little something so I don’t look so blotchy. The Physicians Formula Touch of Glow Concealer adds a little sparkle under my morning eyes and boosts them up at the end of my long day of beauty blogging and family life. The color is the perfect nude shade for my skin (not too light). Dare I say it- I think I like Touch of Glow Concealer more than the YSL Touche Eclat. The color range for the YSL Touche Eclat has more depth thus offering more range for a variety of skin shades.

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 Physicians Formula Glowing Nude Powder gave me a healthy glow for my day, flawless and light.

I was feeling super ladylike with my clothing today and this blush power paired perfectly with my new statement necklace C/O, this necklace is a perfect statement necklace for this season's pastel trends. I love the vintage vibe the color combinations are given off. I just need some mini bites for the day and I will be set. I was introduced to Prima Donna at a Lucky Magazine Event last year and have been hooked ever since then. Between Le Bel Age Boutique and Prima Donna I'm stocked up for spring. The prices are similar to H and M and Forever 21, so it won't break the bank. If you're in the mood for a hunt try, trust me it’s hard to not want it all!

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Happy Hunting


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coachella 2014 Beauty Essentials

I'm sure you all know the sun is not my friend and the desert heat- well let’s just say HOT!
I like to travel light, so on Palm Spring trips I usually don't pack a lot of makeup or non-essentials. When we do the desert we like to stay at the Viceroy Palm Springs. For one thing the service is always spot on and the other, this is one of Kelly Wearstler’s  Design projects and I adore her work, old and new. 

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Now the hotel has great product available but I still like to bring my Coachella beauty must haves such as

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Product C/O Shu Uemura all others purchased

  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo;  this gives me the volume I love and removes the chlorine from the pool, did I mention the smell is lemon fresh. Normally this is a once a week product for most people and if you have a propensity towards dry hair mix with TIGI Resurgence for dry hair- Reborn fights the frizz. 
    • Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Protective oïl; This is a multi purpose product and I love that for travel. Not only could this hair oil be used for and overnight treatment (waking up to shiny, nourished locks of hair-LOVE) but you can use Shu Uemura Essence Oil to tame the mid day frizz at Coachella. I can only describe the scent of this miracle hair oil as an exotic citrus fragrance, there you have it.
    • TIGI Catwalk Session Series Styling Cream; I can’t survive without this hair product. It works for a multitude of hairstyles. If I use in my damp hair I can achieve the Spring 2014 Kenzo beauty look, then brush it out latter for the trendy Versace runway look (add a little of the Shu Uemura oil for shine) This is my go to essential hair product for Coachella
    • Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair; now the name just says it-right? I fell in love with Kusco-Murphy when I carried it in my boutique. My brother and husband use the Paste and I use Tart Hair as an extra boost for my ends. This is a product based out of Australia (love the Aussie Beach Culture). Beach hair gives me a messier, sexy look to my hair and the coconut fragrance transports me to the cool beach. The added bonus of this hair product is a sunscreen for your hair
    • Oahu Hair Highlights in Bronze by Bath and Body Works; this I’m using a spray for stenciled body art for a festival experience why not. This is a true copper bronze so in my hair (not for me) but on my body (loving it). 

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    On to Coachella Body and Skin Care Product Must Have

    • Olay Fresh Effects Eye Awakening Cream; I've just started using this eye product, so I can't give you the long term benefits of it but I will say my first impression, It’s wonderfully refreshing. The little metal balls add a blast of cool that my puff ball eyes need. I think for my desert trip this is going in my bag as my throughout the day pick me up since I'm not drinking coffee right now. 
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    Product C/O Olay, +Secret Deodorant  all others purchased
    • Egyptian Magic; I am a big fan of Honey and the amazing healing properties and it’s rejuvenation for the skin. Royal Jelly is a natural collagen booster so I rub it in on my chest, neck, face and basically all over. The olive oil moisturizers while the bees wax seals the hydrating power of the ingredients in. Throw this one in a 2oz size in your fanny pack for Coachella and you’ll be set.
    • Secret’s Invisible Solid in Paris Rose; Ok if I get lost on the polo field in the desert, this deodorant will make me smell pretty for a full 48hrs. Usually I go for the no scented types of deodorant but the fragrance is light and softens with time. 
    Urban Decay 24 7 eye pencil
    Products C/O Covergirl, Urban Decay, Butter London all others purchased
    Palm Springs

    • Urban Decay Waterproof eye pencil; I can make a perfect winged liner look and add a little more of the ultra smoky-eye for the evenings events. On the package it states “Velvet glide-on eye pencil” It totally is all that! Urban Decay Cosmetics have always done a fine job in creating makeup for the rock-girl meets Gypset style.
    • Butter nails in Hen Party; so I have always loved Butter London nail products and this little jewel was in my gift bag for Lucky FABB, Hurray for me! The Opal sheer polish gives me a glow and won’t clash with my festival fashion outfits.  
    • Bath and Body Works Oahu Liplicious lip gloss; the shimmer matches my nails and the best part- it literally taste like coconuts. I’m truly obsessed with this lip gloss!
    I know it’s a lot to read about but I hope this makes your Coachella Music Festival Beautiful and Bright.

    Happy Hunting



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